By Tom Luicci
BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (June 16, 2014) – Kyle Flood knows a lot will change when Rutgers officially joins the Big Ten on July 1, but the Scarlet Knights’ third-year head coach is certain one thing won’t - the expectations he and his players have.
Speaking at his golf outing today at Fiddler’s Elbow, an event that raised $60,000 for three different charities, Flood said that the lofty expectations the program has of itself on the field will be the same as always in the face of a daunting Big Ten schedule.
“I’ve had high expectations every year that I’ve been here,” Flood said. “I think our players have high expectations of themselves and of their performance.
“The excitement that is kind of hovering around the program as we get closer and closer to July 1 is tremendous. I think that’s great. But I know that our football team every year at this point is excited about the football season, and this specific team is really excited about the opportunity to go out to Seattle and be 1-0 against Washington State.
“We’re not naïve to the Big Ten schedule and the fact that’s coming in week three (for the Big Ten opener against Penn State).”
The charity golf outing – which raised $20,000 apiece for Team LeGrand, Embrace Kids Foundation and Together 4 kids – was “just a great way to end what has been a really, really fine week for our program and for me personally to do some things that I think are once in a lifetime events,” Flood said.
Flood’s weekend included participating in Eric LeGrand’s A Walk To Believe on Saturday at High Point Solution Stadium in conjunction with the New Jersey Special Olympics Team. Flood, the honorary coach for the New Jersey Special Olympics Team, also participated in the USA Special Olympics Games opening ceremony on Sunday at the Prudential Center. He has also tweeted three recent additions to the Rutgers football “family.”
On the personnel front, Flood announced that third-year sophomore cornerback Ian Thomas of Baltimore, Md., is no longer with the team. Thomas left the team in mid-season last fall and was allowed to return this spring on a conditional basis.
“Ian did not report back for the summer program and I would leave it at that,” Flood said.
The compensate for Thomas’ absence, Flood said that true freshman Dre Boggs, a two-way player from Coatesville, Pa., who enrolled in school earlier this month, is working at cornerback.
“We are currently playing Dre Boggs on defense at corner,” Flood said. “I’ll leave open the possibility of him doing some things on offense for us.”